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Hard-fought matches for Cup semi-finals

25 June 2009

THE semi-final places in the Church Times Cricket Cup competition were decided this week.

Lichfield defeated Chester by a comfortable 145 runs, on Monday. Lichfield batted first, and after four impressive per­form­ances posted 274 for 6. Reynolds made 75, Darlington 47, and Greg­ory and Hart 30 and a lively 55 respectively. The best of the bowlers were Bishop and Razzall, who took two wickets apiece for 58 and 54 runs.

In reply, Bishop and Razzall were also the best batsmen for Chester, scoring 38 and 41 runs; but it was not enough to dent the target seriously, and Chester finished at 139 all out. Reeve took a formidable 5 for 24, and Lefroy took 2 for 18.

Also on Monday, Salisbury easily came through against Leicester, winning without the loss of a wicket. Leicester batted first and were all out for 63. Neaum took 2 for 19, and Bradbury 2 for 21. In reply, Gray stood for 41 and Strain for 23, reaching 66 for 0. Salisbury will play Ely in the semi-final.

Ely ended Southwark’s successful run in a close match, also on Monday. Southwark batted first, and were all out for 155, despite Coulson’s un­beaten half-century. Ely’s bowlers im­pressed, as Bayliss took 4 for 18 and Male took 3 for 29. In reply, fine batting per­form­ances from Midgley, scoring 76, and Male stand­ing for 54, helped them reach the total with two wickets to spare. Jelley took 3 for 25 and Prior 3 for 45.

York were unable to raise a team for their fix­ture against Guildford on Monday, and conceded the tie, sending Guildford through to meet Lich­field.

Lichfield 274 for 6 (Reynolds 75, Darlington 47, Greg­ory 30, Hart 55; Bishop 2 for 58, Razzall 2 for 54). Chester 139 all out (Bishop 38, Razzall 41; Reeve 5 for 24, Lefroy 2 for 18).

Lichfield won by 145 runs.

Leicester 63 all out (Neaum 2 for 19, Bradbury 2 for 21). Salisbury 66 for 0 (Gray 41 not out, Strain 23 not out).

Salisbury won by 10 wickets.

Southwark 155 all out (Coulson 51 not out; Bayliss 4 for 18, Male 3 for 29). Ely 160 for 8 (Midgley 76, Male 54 not out; Jelley 3 for 25, Prior 3 for 45).

Ely won by 2 wickets.

Correction. Ely’s defeat of Lincoln on 15 June was not quite as crushing as we reported last week: Lincoln took 2 wickets for the 181 total, rather than the no-loss recorded. Our apologies.

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